Kennedy Oaks Tips & Betting AdVICE

VRC Oaks 2019

Date Thursday, 7 November, 2019
Track Flemington Racecourse
Distance 2500m
Class Group 1
Race Type Set weights
Prize Money $1 million
Age 3YO


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Kennedy Oaks betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Kennedy Oaks pointers are:

  • The Wakeful Stakes, a 2000m race staged on Victoria Derby Day, is the key lead up race
  • The Thousand Guineas at Caulfield is another good form guide to the Oaks
  • Barriers 1-7 are a distinct advantage


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The VRC Oaks is the premier race for three-year-old fillies staged during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and takes place at Flemington Racecourse in November each year.

The race, a Group 1 staged over 2500m with set weights for the fillies, is the female equivalent of the Victoria Derby, which is also held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The VRC Oaks – now known as the Kennedy Oaks – is the headline of Ladies Day on day three of the carnival, which is staged two days after the Melbourne Cup on a Thursday.

With a $1million prize fund on offer, up to 16 of the best fillies (plus four emergencies) can battle over a trip they have yet to encounter. It is a strong race for punting with bookmakers offer special promotions on the race and odds in pre-nomination markets well in advance of raceday.

The race dates back to 1861 when Palestine won the first ever classic, the race has been won by some star fillies in its long and illustrious history which includes becoming a Group 1 in 1979.

Among the names on the roll of honour are Light Fingers (1964), Rose Of Kingston (1981), Research (1988), Spirit Of Kingston (1994), Kensington Palace (1997), Magical Miss (2001), Special Harmony (2003), Miss Finland (2006), Samantha Miss (2008) and Faint Perfume (2009).

Runners in the VRC Oaks will typically have contested the key lead up race the Wakeful Stakes, a 2000m race staged on Victoria Derby Day on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington on the Saturday before. The Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), run at Caulfield Racecourse earlier in the Spring Carnival, is also a good guide and one which many fillies take in en route to the VRC Oaks.

Brazilian Pulse was the last filly to achieve the Wakeful Stakes-VRC Oaks double in 2010 with Hollow Bullet (2004), Serenade Rose (2005) and Faint Perfume (2009) others to achieve the feat in recent years. The last horse to take out the VRC Oaks having landed the Thousand Guineas was Miss Finland in 2006.

Along with a top-class day of racing, VRC Oaks Day is equally busy off the track with Fashion On The Field competitions taking place to crown the best dressed racegoers. The concept was first introduced in 1962 to attract women to the racecourse and it has certainly grown in popularity with Oaks Day being one of the fastest growing in crowd size.

VRC Oaks Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Lovelorn
2001 Magical Miss
2002 Bulla Borghese
2003 Special Harmony
2004 Hollow Bullet
2005 Serenade Rose
2006 Miss Finland
2007 Arapaho Miss
2008 Samantha Miss
2009 Faint Perfume
2010 Brazilian Pulse
2011 Mosheen
2012 Dear Demi
2013 Kirramosa
2014 Set Square
2015 Jameka
2016 Lasqueti Spirit
2017 Pinot
2018 Aristia
2019 Miami Bound


Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.

Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly referred to as “The Straight Six” course.

The run to first turn in the Melbourne Cup is 888m, ensuring that no horse has their chances hampered during the opening half-a-mile.


Steeped in tradition and home of Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse.

Crowds in excess of 100,000 people are a common occurrence during Flemington’s biggest race days where the Victorian Racing Club provides an entertaining environment for all.

The racecourse was first built in the 1850s and made its way onto the National Heritage List in 2006.

Flemington was originally named the Melbourne Racecourse on Crown Land after the Governor of New South Wales in 1848 formally declared 352 acres as a public racecourse and set up a six-member trust to oversee the racecourse.

The Victoria Racing Club Act passed by the government in 1871, made the club the trustees of the racecourse.

The Gold Rush era brought great wealth to Melbourne and Flemington soon grew in popularity, attracting vibrant crowds by the thousands.

Races were initially run in autumn, however, in 1854 the Victoria Turf Club decided to hold spring meetings due to favourable weather conditions – this eventually led to the hosting of the Melbourne Cup.